Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter, owner of Accounting Support LLC, was an ad specialty distributor for 23 years and an adjunct professor of accounting at Neumann University. She sold her ad specialty business in 2012, became certified as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and now works exclusively with ad specialty distributors nationwide on their QuickBooks, order management and accounting needs.

Setting Up Non-Inventory Items

A reader asks, “I have my non-inventory items set up in QuickBooks, but I don't see anything in my cost of goods sold account, and my sales numbers seem very low. Why is that?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Correctly Updating QuickBooks

A reader asks, “I am using an older version of QuickBooks and want to upgrade to the current year. What should I do to prepare for this?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Combining Duplicate Customers in QuickBooks

A reader asks, “I have created a duplicate customer in QuickBooks that has a slightly different name. How do I combine them into one customer account?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Is My Sales Tax Report Correct?

A reader asks, “What steps should I take to review my sales tax report to make sure it's correct?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

‘Knowing QuickBooks’ Isn’t Enough

A reader asks, “I am interviewing a bookkeeper who is familiar with QuickBooks. Is that all I need to know?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Organizing by Class

A reader asks, “Is there a way to view my profit by type of customer?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Trust Your Instincts

A reader asks, “I called Intuit/QuickBooks support and was told something that I know is not the way we do business. How can that happen?" Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Inventory Versus Non-inventory Parts

A reader asks, “In QuickBooks, do I set up my items as 'non-inventory part' or 'inventory part'"? Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Intuit Merchant Services Versus Bill&Pay

A reader asks, “I want to be able to invoice and receive payments electronically from clients and have them entered automatically in QuickBooks. What are my options?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Save Time When Making Sales Tax Changes

A reader asks, “I need to change sales tax settings for a large number of my customers. Do I need to go into each customer to make the changes?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Simplify Your Search

I’m always interested in new ideas to simplify the accounting, bookkeeping and order management systems for ad specialty distributors. And recently, my client, Bruce Cunningham of Great Ideas in Santa Fe, N.M., shared an idea that reduces paper usage and makes finding documents fast and easy...

Differentiating Customers and Vendors in QuickBooks

A reader asks, “I have a vendor who has become a customer. QuickBooks will not let me use the same name. What do I do?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Pricing for Beginners

A reader asks, “I am new to the business. Do you have any advice as to how to price items?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…